Monday, December 31, 2012

Kaeley letter December 31st 2012

HAPPY NEW YEARS!                                                                                    December 31st 2012

 Wow! Tomorrow it is 2013. Can you believe it!! I can't! Seems just yesterday that it was 2012 that was starting! But a new year always brings so much excitement and new things! It is a great time to recommit ourselfs to our goals and who we want to become.

   This week was rather slow because of the Holidays but it has still been great! Christmas Eve, we spent time with a family in the ward that invited us over for dinner and we played the piano and sang a couple of Christmas songs. Christmas day was very tiring, but so stinking wonderful! I don't think it could of been better! The best present was talking to my family! It was so strange to see you over skype and know that it really was you and not just a picture. But, I loved every second of it. I thought that it would be really hard to go back to working this week but it wasn't too bad! The Lord was helping me a lot! We had a wonderful dinner that night with another family in the ward and they went ALL out for Christmas! It was a lot of fun! Wednesday morning, to my surprise, I woke up with the start of a cold. :( and still fighting it but it seems to be on the uphill to getting better! Which, I am happy about. Having a cold and being out in the cold, doesn't exactly give you all the motivation you need to go out and work. Today has been nice to just relax and take it easy!

    We didn't have a lot of lessons this week with everyone being out of town but we have found some wonderful people that we might start teaching this week if we can contact them! There is only one more week in this transfer and I cannot believe how fast it has gone! I am praying I won't get transferred out of Chatsworth because I love it so much and the people here but I also know that the Lord will put me where I am needed. and Hopefully it is in Chatsworth for a while longer! :) It is a strange feeling knowing that I might get transferred out and remembering that the Lord knows what he is doing. We had a Blitz on Saturday. A Blitz is where the other missionaries in our Zone come to our area and help us find. We also get members from the ward to come and go with the Elders and sisters so we can cover more ground and gives them the chance to go out with the missionaries. We prayed about an area and which missionaries to place there and it was so cool to feel the spirit working and helping us to know where to send people.

  We have some great potentials that were found that are pretty interesting in the Gospel and it was cool to see that there was people that were waiting! There was one lady that when the Elders knocked on her door, she said that last night she really felt like someone was going to knock on her door that day and it would be about God. That was so cool to hear and she is an amazing person! We have been working with a lot of less-actives and we are really seeing some amazing things happen with them. There is a couple that have such a strong desire to change their lives around and come closer to Christ and it is so cool to see that passion and to see them use the Atonement of The Savior to help them change. There is one lady that is so sweet and she has the kindest heart and cares so much about people and just really wants to come back to church and be involved so she can help others. I love seeing the change that happens in people as they use the Savior and his Atonement to overcome those things they face. My testimony grows stronger every time I see that and get to be a part of it! The Lord has blessed me so much and letting me get to be here as long as I have! I know that the Lord is in the Details of our lives and he is always there waiting to help us through those things we face! Prayer is amazing! It has an indescribable power that truly can heal us and help us to become better! I love prayer so much and have a strong testimony that is works and that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. If you are struggling, prayers are a great way to talk to Heavenly Father and tell his how you feel and I promise you, you will feel his arms and love wrap around you. I have felt that in my own life! Always remember to prayer! 3 Nephi 18:15,18  are some of my new favorite verses and it is the Savior speaking, so you know it's important! :) I am so grateful to be out here no matter how hard it gets and know that I have Heavenly Father on my side! I love you lots and hope you have a wonderful start to a brand new year! Set some goals, drink some cider and celebrate because we have the Restored Gospel of the Savior Jesus Christ! Best gift we will ever receive!  We need not fear, for the Lord is with us! Sister Haws

Monday, December 24, 2012


Sorry there is no letter this week for all of you.

 But, we get to talk to her and are SO EXCITED  to talk to her on Christmas  Day  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012


Hi ya'll                                                                                                                      December 17th 2012

  Another week has come and gone and I can't believe I have already been our 4 months! On Saturday the 15th that was my 4th month mark and it kind of took me by surprise!!! I couldn't believe it had already been 4 months.  Seems like I just got here.

    This week was a lot of wet! But I love the rain! It was kind their snow and believe it or not, it was cold here! I froze almost every day last week and in my head,  I keep thinking, "You are from Idaho! This isn't cold." It didn't help much. Just made me realize that I am turning into a WHIMP!  :) This week was pretty busy. We met with a lot of less-actives and they are all such great people! We had 5 less-actives at church yesterday and it was so fun to look around and see their faces sitting in the best place they could ever be! Miracles and blessings at it's fullest.  It was a beautiful site to see.  AND, happy news for the week! We found a family to teach the Gospel to!!! They are the sweetest family and so faith-filled! I absolutly love them and am so excited to teach them. They truly want to know about the Gospel and have started to read in the Book of Mormon and we will teach them another lesson next weekend!

    We also have the wonderful chance to go to the Los Angeles Temple this week! I am so stoked to go! It seems like it has been forever since I was last in the Temple.  It will be a fun place to be with the Mission President and fellow Missionaries!

   I can't believe that Christmas time is already here and I am so excited to be able to Skype home this year!  We have quite a few places to go Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day so we will be busy and it will be so wonderful! I really am excited to be on a mission at this time and to be helping the Lord move his Kingdom forward!

   Saturday we had the cool experience of getting the Ward missionaries together and a couple of ward members and go and sing Christmas songs at an Assisted living Center that we go and visit a couple of less-actives at. They can no longer make it to church. It was so cool to do that for them and to see the joy of their faces to know that we came there just for them! I loved it! The ward has been putting my Piano skills to use very well and have asked me to play for quite a few things this coming Sunday, one of which is for part of our wards Christmas program. It is nice that I still get to play almost as much as I did before. Heavenly Father knew that I needed to. It keeps me sane! ::) This last Sunday, my companion, Sister Fili sang Oh holy night and I played the Piano and it was beautiful! The Spirit was so strong!

Last week was great and I can only wait to see the miracles this week that will happen! Love you all. SIster Haws

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kaeley's Letter

December 10TH 2012

    WELL... Another week has come and gone and it just seemed like p-day yesterday! I can't believe how fast time goes sometimes. But this last week was FULL of Miracles and more miracles!  I had already mentioned that we had a zone conference with Elder Clark, and it was amazing and the process of changing things and moving forward has already begin!   We have a very high goal next year for people coming into the church and it will take a lot of work to press forward but I am SOOOOOO excited to be a part of it and to see the growth and change of the mission!

     This past Wednesday, I had the chance to go on exchanges with some other Sister Missionaries  in this mission.  I went to Mission Hills and my companion stayed in Chatsworth for the day!  It was so much fun to go somewhere else for a day and see the difference in the areas and also to see what we could make better in our area.   I learned so much and I loved it! Thursday, I had the great chance to start teaching piano lessons to a member in the ward that is a recent convert. He has wanted to learn forever and we are teaching his niece the Gospel as well so it has been fun to start to do that.  And he is practicing every day to become great!

     Friday, BEST DAY EVER!  That truly was the day of miracles. That was the ward Christmas Party and we had challenged a lot of people to bring their friends and then introduce us to them.  When we first got there, I will be honest, I was a little sad to not see anyone we didn't know but alas...right at the end,  we were able to meet a family of 5 that were friends with some members in the ward.  We talked with them and they are the greatest family!  We asked them if they wanted to learn more.  They said YES !!  I was on cloud nine and so was my companion!  We were so excited to have people to teach and to have such a great family to teach.  Cheesy...but it made my heart sing!  My cheeks hurt from smiling so much! :)

    We also had a contact at a gas station that was more or less awkward but fun to do. We had dared ourselves to find one more lesson that day and we just walked up to someone and started talking to them.  She thought we were crazy but we laughed and had fun. That is all that matters.

     We also had a less-active member refer herself to get a missionary visit because she wants to come back to Church. That was so cool to receive that notice to see her and she is wonderful!! 

     Saturday, another miracle.  We have been trying to get a hold of this family since September and we decided to go by their house and lo and behold, they were outside and we got a return appointment. Week of Miracles! Heavenly Father has blessed us so much this week and I have loved feeling his guidance and assurance of where we needed to be a certain times.

    We also had stake conference this week. They talked a lot about the temple and family history work and Christmas!!!  (Which is my favorite!) And just to be a little kinder and charitable this year and love those around us and really search for the true meaning of Christmas this year.  I am looking forward to seeing and feeling that reason more fully this year as I serve Him on his birthday!

   Thank you SOOO much for the ornaments and material tree from family and friends.  I cried when I saw it....yes I cried. :)  But thank you so much. It meant so much to hear from each of you and to see pictures and notes!  It is hanging up and all pretty! (pictures to come soon) Well, I better head! Thanks again! All my Love, Sister Haws

 P.S.  So glad you got to see Sister Mix! I miss her like crazy but things are good. Just learning how to live with someone new is always an adjustment for everybody, but it is all good.  She is really great.  My new companions name is pronounced,  Fili-moe-hala.  Broken up that might make it easier.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Hey Family and Friends!                                                                          DECEMBER 4th 2012

     This last week has been very eventful! As some of you know, Transfers were last week and Monday was my last full day with my trainer! And Tuesday morning, we got in the car to go to the transfer meeting. It was really weird to know that after that day, I wouldn't see my trainer for a long time. But the transfer meeting was awesome! The spirit was so strong! There were 11 new missionaries from the MTC and right before they walked into the chapel, we sang "Called to Serve," As they started to walk in and it was amazing!! The spirit was like a wall that you could almost touch! And it was really cool to be on the other side of that instead of being the newby walking in! I can't believe it will be 4 months on the 15th of December! Time has just flown by! And I bet you are now wondering who my new companion is! Well...It's Sister Filimoehala. And I bet you are laughing as you try to pronounce that.:) We all just call her Sister FIli. Its ALOT easier! But she is from New Zealand which is super cool! AND cool thing, we were in the same district as the MTC together. So we have both been out the same amount of time which was surprising to not only us but all the other missionaries as well! That doesn't happen very often! I am the senior companion, ( no pressure) :) But we are still in Chatsworth. Senior companion isn't much different, just have to make sure we are doing what we need to be.

    Last week was quite interesting. It was cool to see that the training I had from my awesome trainer kicked in, in full and I was remembering all these things and understanding things better. And I was so grateful for that because being the only one who knows the area and the people was difficult. I just had to make a lot of decisions off what I already knew and that was cool to see the hand of the Lord in my life so much each day. I know that I only made it through with the Lord's help and the Savior's Atonement. It will still be a struggle this transfer because both of us just have to learn and grow together but our mission president said that we would move mountains and that is exactly what we plan to do! We had the neat chance to teach Relief Society on Sunday about being member missionaries and it was so good. We were pretty worried about how it would go over and it was so cool to see the Spirit take over and teach both them and us. The process was cool as well. We had a great lesson plan and then Saturday night, it just didn't feel right so we sat again and re-did it and that lesson was even better and then Sunday morning, it still didn't feel right! So we were stressing out a little bit but we didn't think about it and knew the end result that we wanted and just relied on the Spirit to tell us what to say! It went better than we could have ever hoped for! It was great and so fun to teach!

    And then Monday! Monday was an amazing day! We had Zone Conference for the San Fernando Valley with Elder Don R. Clark. He is part of the Missionary Department and is 1 out of 5 of them! And He came to our mission! It was so cool to see the Vision that the Lord and the mission President have for this mission! And I am so excited to be a part of it! It will take a lot of work and diligence but it is possible only through the Lord's help! We have some amazing missionaries and It is SOOOO cool to be a part of this army for the Lord. There were a lot of things that we learned that we will have to change if we expect to meet our goals next year but it was so uplifting and positive that it couldn't but help make you want to change! I learned especially that I am the only person that can choose to make those changes now and to truly rely on the Savior and the tools that the Lord has given us to help to find His Children that are ready to receive the Restored Gospel!

    We also learned about how we can make this Christmas a Christ-centered Christmas and how to handle being away from home and what an Honor it is to be serving the Savior on his Day! I have never thought of that before but it was so wonderful to hear that and how to focus on those things that will help and to truly be converted to the Lord. I never before have known as much as I do know that this Restored Gospel is True and it is Christ's Church. He is the head of this Church and everything we do. This Gospel is the most beautiful Gift that God has given us other than his son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. We have a knowledge of things that I believe only the World dreams about having and We have it! How blessed we are to belong to this Church and have the knowledge we have that helps us every day of our lives. I always took the Restored Gospel for granted because it was a part of me and I didn't know any different. Seeing people that don't have it in their lives, even if they have a religion of their own, there is such a huge difference. I never knew what a difference it makes. I am so extremely Grateful for the chance that I have to serve a mission for my Father in Heaven and that he trusts me enough to help him in this beautiful work! I am so grateful for the support of family and friends and the prayers! Miracles are happening every day of our lives. This Gospel is a Gospel of Miracles! Share it with the World! We have what the World needs and it's only through us, missionaries and member missionaries, that they can have the chance to accept it! Thanks for everything! I love you all so dearly! Sister Haws
Oh and, my back has been ok. Not the greatest but I will survive. :) We have gotten rain for 4 days in a row! That never happens!!! And I loved it! Nice for a change than just sunshine! I am not sure when I will call, either Christmas Eve or night. If I can find a member with skpye, we can skype home. But I will let you know. I am sure they will let us know within the next couple of weeks so we can let you know!

Sunday, December 2, 2012